Jar Lyne

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Fundraising 101: The First Timer's Guide to Pitching Investors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ve decided to start your own company and completed all the challenging first steps: daring to dream, quitting your job, bootstrapping an early product and getting customers. Think the hard part is over? Think again.<p>As your startup …

Entrepreneurship

Key to a Successful Business? Simplify, Simplify AND Simplify.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While I will probably never invent the next groundbreaking, disruptive technology or be on Forbes’ Billionaires List, I have made a decent life for myself being an entrepreneur. As the founder of PR-firm fifteen media, I can say the key …

Entrepreneurship

How to Get More Out of Staff Meetings

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s long, boring and it’s going to make you late for your next appointment. “It” is the dreaded staff meeting – that gathering of co-workers designed to check in, catch up, and give that annoying guy from sales a chance to grandstand.<p>But …

Productivity

Want Your Business to Be a Success? Set Your Employees Up to Succeed.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For employees to excel, be productive and passionate in the workplace, there needs to be an ongoing focus on fostering an environment where they feel valued and a part of the corporate culture. Trust me I know.<p>Working with organizations …

Employee Engagement

The JOBS Act Two Years Later: Where We Are and What's Next for Crowdfunding (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Two years ago tomorrow, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act -- or JOBS Act -- into law. The landmark legislation fundamentally changed the way that entrepreneurs access capital.<p>Of particular note, the JOBS Act …

Startups

9 Lessons You Won't Learn in Business School

Combine that with the fact that startups -- where everyone seems to want to work -- don’t care at all about graduate business degrees. They want to see real-life experience and that you have the grit to make it in the startup trenches where it’s much more visceral when your job, not your grade, is …

Leadership

Want to Punch Up Your Presentation With Visuals? Here Are 5 Ways.

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Few things in this world are more boring than sitting through a bad presentation.<p>While a big portion of a presentation’s quality is up to the presenter, the quality of the visuals augmenting the presentation play a bigger role than most people think.<p>The …

Public Speaking

My Crazy Exhausting-Yet-Exhilarating Entrepreneur Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“Man, I’m tired. It feels like I'm running a marathon.” Those were the first few words in my conversation with the CEO of a growing software company a few days ago. What he said next made me smile.<p>“I just wish I knew how far along I was …

Entrepreneurship

How to Build a Brand That Attracts Die-Hard Followers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>They are the envy of every brand strategist: brands who have a community of die-hard cult followers -- you know, the people who go out of their way to evangelize and share the brand with everyone they know.<p>How did these brands build this …

Marketing

How to Be More Creative, Wherever You Work

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Wish you could quit your job and run your own business? So does most of the country.<p>Fifty five percent of employed U.S. adults would leave their traditional jobs to be self-employed if they could be sure of their financial stability, …

Creativity

7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Know

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leadership is not in your DNA. There is no genetic code for becoming a chief executive or a business owner. We’re all born with a clean slate, more or less. What happens next – your childhood, your upbringing, your education, your …

Entrepreneurship

Answer These 3 Questions Before Jumping Into Entrepreneurship

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone has at least once in their life had a million-dollar idea. The tricky part is deciding if this idea actually has legs and could be a viable business.<p>As a small-business owner for a decade, I’ve identified three crucial questions …

Entrepreneurship

The Magical Number That Will Amplify Your Next Presentation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the third in a series, "</i><i>Talk Like TED</i><i>," in which communications coach/author Carmine Gallo applies tips, techniques and insights to help entrepreneurs and business professionals sell their ideas more persuasively. These</i> …

Public Speaking

Keep That Startup Spark Alive by Following Your Constant

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As your company grows, maintaining that innovative knack for growth that got you there is easier said than done. Many a business owner -- at least those fortunate enough to found a company that takes off -- finds him or herself after a …

Entrepreneurship

Want Clients to Know You Before a Pitch? Write a Book.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In business today, entrepreneurs have the best chance for success if they either create a new niche in an existing, large industry or carve out a new niche altogether. Either way, it is a daunting task.<p>The client, today, is far more …

Small Business

We Need Entrepreneurs Who Can Drive Global Change

What does it take to get to that level? One way of identifying the right characteristics and approaches is to take a hard look at entrepreneurs who have done it. Peter Andrews and Fiona Wood, in their new book “Überpreneurs” have profiled 36 leading candidates for this category, to extract a set of …

6 Characteristics Great Thought Leaders Share

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Thought leaders share a lot of the same behaviors. Rather than stand on a pedestal, they foster approachability. Rather than work in obscurity, they make sure they are "discoverable." Rather than pretending they've got it all figured out, …

Thought Leadership

Room to Grow: A Look at the Changing Landscape of Green Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor's note: From food to fashion, this weekly series asks startup founders at New York City incubators to weigh in on the pluses and minuses of certain popular industries.</i><p>With hybrid vehicles, solar panels and rooftop gardens becoming …

Entrepreneurship

The People in Your Life Are Your Personal Brand Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the 12th in the series "Personal Branding For A Better Life," in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>Personal branding isn't about becoming …

Marketing

Find People Who Actually Support Your Creativity and Other Must-Read Business Tips

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>A roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>Everyone likes to praise creativity, the essential ingredient in innovation. But let's get real: Most of this praise is mere lip service. Actual creativity unsettles people and …

Creativity

The Five People Who Determine Your Success

Anyone who has accomplished anything of significance didn’t do it alone. Neither should you. Think about the five people you spend the most time with and answer this blindingly simple yet imperative question: <i>Do they make you better?</i><p>If they don’t, the question then becomes: <i>Wh</i><i>o does makes you</b> …

How to Raise Prices Without Losing Customers | Inc.com

<i>Dear Jeff,</i><p><i>My margins are too thin and I need to raise prices. But I'm concerned about pissing off or even losing customers if I do. Any ideas?</i><p><i>-- Name withheld by request</i><p>If you're in retail the mechanics of announcing and actually raising prices is easy; you just swap in new pricing for old. But in …

eCommerce